THE LAY AWAKES is a singer-songwriter duo based in Brooklyn, New York, with roots in the prairies of Canada and small-town Ontario, where their story began.
Anna Paddock and Patrick Anderson met at a wedding in rural Saskatchewan and were quickly drawn to one another over a shared love of music and sports. After talking all night and realizing they were driving home in the same direction, they embarked on a caravan-style road trip across western Canada. Things were never quite the same. They married in 2011, and, choosing love before play, waited a few years before forming The Lay Awakes. They released their debut EP in 2015 and have been making music (and babies) ever since.
Anna (piano, vocals) grew up in various states and provinces, but her family ties connect her to rural Manitoba. Her dad played and coached hockey, moving the family around and inspiring her own collegiate volleyball career. Trained as a classical pianist and inspired by dance and musical theater, Anna continued her studies at New York University, where she earned her master’s degree in composition and began writing songs.
Patrick (guitar, vocals) hails from Fergus, Ontario, and points to the family songbook and campfire as his early musical influences. Patrick is perhaps better known for his alter-ego as the world’s best wheelchair basketball player. He has won multiple Paralympic gold medals and continues to represent Canada internationally.
Patrick and Anna share their small Brooklyn apartment with two kids, multiple instruments, and many wheelchairs. They are excited to share their debut full-length LP in May 2018.
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